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Holmes Council Votes to Keep Celebrated Academic Program

Holmes Council Votes to Keep Celebrated Academic Program

Holmes Council Votes to Keep Celebrated Academic Program

MON, 01/25/2016 - 22:29 RCN NEWSDESK

For more than two years, the future of the International Baccalaureate program at Holmes High School in Covington has been on the chopping block.

Each time the school's site-based decision-making (SBDM) council considered elimination of the program, IB alumni returned to campus or to Board of Education meetings, pleading with them to reconsider. 

Already this year, there have been four public meetings at Holmes, two of which were designed to be open forums that ended up with overwhelming support for the IB program. Alumni returned to talk about their successes since leaving Holmes, and largely credited the IB program for preparing them for the rigors of college, law school, travel abroad, and their professional lives.

A special committee was given the task by the SBDM council of evaluating whether Holmes should drop IB in favor of more Advanced Placement (AP) and dual credit courses offered through Gateway Community & Technical College.

On Monday, an answer was finally given and ultimately adopted as policy.

The recommendations included continuing a full IB program, and to open enrollment for it. The committee also recommended that AP classes be kept for 9th and 10th grades, but that they should be eliminated in grades 11 and 12. The courses could be revived if there is interest and need, the committee concluded.  

In addition, the committee recommended that all career pathway courses start in the ninth grade.

The SBDM council is made up of three teachers: Tony Magner, who teaches math, Karen Zuino, an English teacher who is also the IB coordinator, and Renata Kennison, who is the librarian, and who also is involved with both the IB and the AP programs. Holmes Principal Scott Hornblower officiates the meetings and two parents are on the council.

The Curriculum and Instruction Committee is also made up of teachers and parents.

At the meeting there were no recommendations or changes suggested for the dual credit program with Gateway.

The SBDM council voted to accept the recommendations reported by the Curriculum and Instruction Committee. The changes are expected to be instituted next school year.

-Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Michael Monks contributed to this report

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